Do I get 26" or 650b wheels for my 26" xc hardtail…
I’m getting a lightweight wheelset for my hardtail (on-456 carbon). I’m currently using it with rigid exotic-carbon forks and singlespeed, and am planning on using it with skinny cx tyres for general xc and hopefully some cyclocross racing.
I just went to click “buy”, but saw they have a 26″ or 27.5″ option…
I’m not sure what to get now!
From a quick google, it doesn’t look like there are many (any?) 27.5″ cx tyres around (found some 26″ ones)which might be a problem.
Which should I go for? I’m pretty sure a 27.5 will fit in the frame no problem, and definitely will in the fork. But does that extra little bit really make any difference??Posted 4 years ago
Or will it just be a pain in the a$$ as I wont be able to switch tyres with my other 26″ wheels if I need to?CheezpleezSubscriber
You can actually squeeze 29 in wheels in a C456. A mate has done it and said it was fine. He posted the evidence on here a while back. Another mate has 650bs on his C456 and loves it. Personally, I’d stick with 26 – it’s what the frame is designed for, you know you can get the tyres you want and you won’t be aware that the trail is failing to come alive under you (unless you’re in marketing?).Posted 4 years agomboySubscriber
650b wheels on a bike not designed for it is a massive PITA waiting to happen. Firstly, tyre availability in 650b is poor still. Secondly, you’d need to be running quite narrow tyres, probably 1.75″ or narrower, to not cause any issues with frame and fork clearance and I don’t know of any good narrow 650b tyres (if you want 2.2″ or above there seems to be lots, but none narrower I know of). Thirdly, it has the potential to raise the BB height slightly, which may affect the handling. Lastly, what would you actually benefit from by doing it?
If you stick with the wheel size that your frame was designed around, you won’t come into any problems, and you can chop and change between skinny CX tyres and big freeride tyres as you see fit!Posted 4 years agospicerMember
Mboy I think you got right at what I was really thinking… “what would I actually benefit from getting them”. Think I’ll stick with the 26 and be able to use whatever tyres I want, no more new standards! I appreciate the opinions.
And cheers Mike, I was actually going to ask you when I get back tomorrow haha. Are you working this week? I need to ride lots!Posted 4 years ago
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